Stawell Warriors launch Wimmera campaign for 2014

Stawell Westlift Warriors are ready to launch their Wimmera Football League campaign when they travel to Minyip tomorrow.

Jackson Dark will be a key player for Stawell once again this season.

Jackson Dark will be a key player for Stawell once again this season.

Warriors have spent most of their preseason keeping to themselves, but have still managed to get the job done.

They have included several new faces to their line up such as Todd Cleary, Chris Ford, Nick McCartney and Liam Scott who will pull on the black and red jumper for the first time, while Aiden Potter, Jesse Eckel, David Morris and Liam Nuske, return to the club after several years away.

Coach Brad Cassidy has also returned to the club after coaching in season 2009 and 2010 and is excited about the first game of the season.

"It is always exciting the night before round one, I'm looking forward to it," Cassidy said.

"It is good to be involved again as it's something I'm very passionate about. I love that it challenges myself, but there is reward at the end.

"Hopefully I can make a difference."

Throughout the preseason Warriors have worked on a number of things from skills and fitness to decision making and leadership.

The leadership group this year consists of six players, Aiden Potter, Todd Cleary, David Morris, Jackson Dark, Todd Matthews and led by skipper Tom Eckel.

Each of those players have a big responsibility this year and will be important if Warriors are to be successful.

For their first round match up only two players that were in the mix for selection will miss out due to injury.

They are David Morris, who suffered a hamstring strain in the practice match against Terang/Mortlake and Trevor Matthews who has some knee soreness.

Stawell will be looking to get the upper hand early over Minyip Murtoa so their confidence can build as the game progresses.

It will also be a good indication of where the team is at and where they need to be as they tackle Minyip-Murtoa three times this season.

For the past couple of years Minyip-Murtoa have been making 

Stawell Westlift Warriors are ready to launch their Wimmera Football League campaign when they travel to Minyip tomorrow.

Warriors have spent most of their preseason keeping to themselves, but have still managed to get the job done.

They have included several new faces to their line up such as Todd Cleary, Chris Ford, Nick McCartney and Liam Scott who will pull on the black and red jumper for the first time, while Aiden Potter, Jesse Eckel, David Morris and Liam Nuske, return to the club after several years away.

Coach Brad Cassidy has also returned to the club after coaching in season 2009 and 2010 and is excited about the first game of the season.

"It is always exciting the night before round one, I'm looking forward to it," Cassidy said.

"It is good to be involved again as it's something I'm very passionate about. I love that it challenges myself, but there is reward at the end.

"Hopefully I can make a difference."

Throughout the preseason Warriors have worked on a number of things from skills and fitness to decision making and leadership.

The leadership group this year consists of six players, Aiden Potter, Todd Cleary, David Morris, Jackson Dark, Todd Matthews and led by skipper Tom Eckel.

Each of those players have a big responsibility this year and will be important if Warriors are to be successful.

For their first round match up only two players that were in the mix for selection will miss out due to injury.

They are David Morris, who suffered a hamstring strain in the practice match against Terang/Mortlake and Trevor Matthews who has some knee soreness.

Stawell will be looking to get the upper hand early over Minyip Murtoa so their confidence can build as the game progresses.

It will also be a good indication of where the team is at and where they need to be as they tackle Minyip-Murtoa three times this season.

For the past couple of years Minyip-Murtoa have been making their way up the ladder with steady improvement.

The key players for Minyip-Murtoa will be Horsham Diggers life member and last year's captain, Justin Garth.

Garth is a big body who can play in the midfield, forward or back and will be one to watch for the Warriors.

Cassidy has no plans to tag Garth heading into the match, but if he gets away early, he will adjust his game plan accordingly.

"He's a great player and has been for a long time," Cassidy said.

"I will encourage my guys to play their game, beat their opponent and then go from there.

"If we have to have someone run with him in the second half we will look into that at the time."

Since playing their practice match against Terang Mortlake, there has been some fine tuning and Cassidy is hopeful the silly errors will be less frequent in tomorrow's match.

"The boys are doing a great job winning the contested ball," he said.

"It is just a matter of using it correctly and then focusing on the outside ball. We don't want other teams to get out and run."

It will be an interesting first up encounter for Stawell, but Cassidy is confident if they listen to instructions and implement the structures, they will start their season off with a win.

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